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Donald Sterling plans to sue the NBA for $1 billion

(Mark J. Terrill/AP)

As predicted, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is not laying down easily. Donald Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell M. Blecher, said in an email to The Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin on Friday that Sterling planned to file a $1 billion lawsuit against the league.

Word of the lawsuit comes a day after Sterling’s wife Shelly reached a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team for $2 billion, a deal that some suggest Sterling has no say in due to his allegedly poor mental state.

Whether that’s true or not is unconfirmed, but regardless, according to Sterling’s lawyer Blecher,  Sterling is “looking … separately” at legal options to stop the sale to Ballmer, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The NBA is currently reviewing that deal as the league’s Board of Governors prepare to meet this Tuesday to discuss and vote on whether to oust Sterling as an owner.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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